• Day 8 of jury deliberations at Edwards trial arrives under stern warning from judge

    By: Linzi Sheldon

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Day eight of deliberations in the John Edwards corruption trial starts Wednesday morning.

    Jurors will head into the courtroom in Greensboro under a stern message from the Judge Catherine Eagles, reminding them not to talk about the case in small groups.

    That warning started Friday after lawyers on both sides discussed an undisclosed jury issue.

    A legal expert told Channel 9 the judge’s repeated warnings are crucial to avoid a potential mistrial because of juror misconduct.  "She obviously thinks that something is awry or this jury is skirting the line in some way," legal analyst Kieran Shanahan said. 

    As deliberations continue, Edwards has been calm and collected outside the federal courthouse in Greensboro.

    At times, when asked how he's holding up, Edwards has said, "I'm OK."

    But what is he really thinking or feeling as the whole country waits for his verdict?

    Tuesday, an expert revealed what she saw when she took a closer look at his body language.

    Edwards' daily morning walks into the courthouse are a far cry from his strides on the campaign trail as he campaigned for president.

    "Big arm movements and he takes up space," body language expert Blanca Cobb said, describing his previous body language. "That's what we would consider a power walk."

    Cobb said his current walk is showing stress. She says it could be a number of things, from a recently disclosed heart condition, to his family, to the case at hand and the six felony counts looming before him.

    "It's slower now," she said of his walk. "His eye gaze is down."

    That stress is perhaps no surprise. Edwards is accused of misusing nearly a million dollars in campaign contributions from two donors to hide his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her pregnancy and protect his presidential campaign.

    His attorneys said Edwards knew little about the money, and that it was gifts from friends, not campaign contributions.

    Cobb said inside the courtroom, Edwards projects confidence.

    "He's sitting back in his chair," she said. "He's doing what we call a steeple. This is a power move. It suggests confidence."

    The jurors, however, in their seventh day of deliberations, are more difficult to read.

    "There isn't anything in the few minutes that I saw the jury today that I would say indicates anything specific," Cobb said.

    Tuesday, there were also clues that jurors could see deliberations dragging on even longer.

    They told the judge about scheduling conflicts this week and next week.

    The judge also decided they would start 15 minutes earlier Wednesday and Thursday and end 15 minutes later.


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